Developers: IE9 Preview 4 Now Available

The fourth platform preview for internet explorer 9 is now available for developers according to a release on the IEBlog. The platform preview earlier unveiled mid-march, promises extensive support for modern web standards - notably: HTML5 and CSS3, on the premise that the next generation web will deliver experiences that feel like native applications rather than mere websites.

This fourth preview will afford developers the opportunity to test-run Drive samples that show scalable vector graphics and native JavaScript integration, building on hardware accelerated SVG (xml based file format for describing two-dimensional animated vector graphics interaction).

The new browser offers consistent, fully accelerated text, graphics and media: both video and audio with HTML5 and hardware acceleration.The deep JavaScript integration in IE9 makes it the first browser to have a shared DOM between the browser and the script engine based on ECMAScript5, thereby enhancing its real-world performance and consistency.

IE9 preview 4 is stated to be the last preview before the Beta release according to Dean Hachamovitch, GM Internet Explorer. Though Microsoft has declined to say the exact release date, its quite obvious that the platform is nearly complete.
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